Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Last updated:  [08/19/22]

COVID-19 Information

*** As of June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded. Starting at 12:01 a.m. on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer require air travelers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.

CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Country-Specific Information:

  • Bulgaria has 1 231,909 reported cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • Bulgaria has 37,527 reported fatalities from COVID-19 within its borders.
  • Bulgaria is following WHO and ECDC guidance on threat mitigation.
  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, insurance companies, providers of telecom, postal and payment services remain open. Supplies including food and medicine remain plentiful.
  • Kindergartens and nurseries are open. Schools and universities in the country are attending in-person classes.
  • Masks: As of Aug. 11, all persons must wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose in medical facilities, pharmacies, opticians, social services institutions, nursing homes, childcare institutions and in the public transportation. Children up to the age of six are exempted.

COVID-19 Testing

    • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in BULGARIA? Yes
    • If so, are test results reliably available within 24 hours? Yes
    •  PCR testing is widely available at sites across the country, including hospitals and private laboratories. Currently 100 hospitals and laboratories in Bulgaria are officially accredited by the Ministry of Health. A full list is published in Health Order № РД-01-774/16.09.2021 г. The fee is generally approximately $65 and is fully covered by the U.S. Citizen.
    • Tests results can be checked online but originals are usually stamped and collected in person. For more information email ACS_Sofia@state.gov.
    • As of June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded. Starting at 12:01 a.m. on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer require air travelers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.
    • CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

      • Has the government of Bulgaria approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes.
      • Are vaccines available in Bulgaria for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes.
      • Which vaccines are available in Bulgaria? AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. Availability is fluid and based on supply.
      • Bulgaria has a Bulgarian-language online registration system for vaccination against Covid-19: COVID-19 Регистрация за ваксинация :: НЗИС (his.bg). Permanent and long-term residents in Bulgaria can use their Bulgarian personal identification number (ЛНЧ) to register in the system and to choose their preferred type of vaccine, vaccination center, and a vaccination time slot.
      • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
      • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.

As of May 1, 2022, all COVID-19 entry restrictions are lifted. Travelers arriving to Bulgaria no longer must provide COVID-19 related documents to enter the country.

Please note that all other requirements for entry as a third country national, such as a visa (if required), still apply.

  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No.
  • Visa Extensions from the Bulgarian Migration Directorate: According to the current regulations, visitors may be eligible for a one-time extension of the 90-day visa-free stay. For more information, please visit a local Migration office or contact Migration at migration@mvr.bg.

Movement Restrictions:

    • Is a curfew in place? No.
    • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.

Quarantine Information:

    • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
      • Sofia Airport remains open. Departure information is available here.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.

Fines for Non-Compliance: No.

Consular Operations:

    • The Consular section is providing all normal and emergency services for U.S. citizens in Bulgaria. For more information or to schedule a service, please visit our U.S. Citizen Services page.
    • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy in Sofia remains unable to resume routine visa operations. We are processing all categories of nonimmigrant and immigrant visas. We are currently offering as many appointments as local conditions, resources, and safety considerations allow. We encourage all applicants to be mindful of the constraints and to apply early. Appointments are available on a first-come, first-serve basis as capacity allows. Interview waiver processing for eligible B1/B2 and C1/D visa renewals continues.

Local Resources:

Advice to U.S. Citizens:

      • U.S. citizens planning to depart Bulgaria should contact their airlines and consider contingency plans in case travel options become more limited in the future.
      • International commercial flight options currently exist in Bulgaria.
      • If you are a U.S. citizen in Bulgaria and need to renew a U.S. passport, please email ACS_Sofia@state.gov.

Advice to Non – U.S. Citizens, Non-U.S. immigrants:

      • On October 25, President Biden announced a Presidential Proclamation titled “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” This proclamation ended the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations (P.P.) 9984, 9992, 10143, and 10199 as they relate to the suspension of entry into the United States of persons physically present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area and the United Kingdom. In place of these restrictions, the President announced a global vaccination requirement for all adult foreign national travelers. Any non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa) must be fully vaccinated to travel to the United States by plane. Only limited exceptions apply. More information about this global vaccination requirement, including details on exceptions and waivers due to humanitarian concerns, is available at Non-U.S. citizen, Non-U.S. immigrants: Air Travel to the United States | CDC.
      • With specific exceptions, noncitizens who have been in certain countries during the past 14 days may not enter the United States, either as immigrants or nonimmigrants. For more information, visit: Travelers Prohibited from Entry to the United States.